Morpho Sculptures

2017. 07. 29

Morpho Sculptures: Digital Fabrication Methods of Engraving Flat Materials into Shape Changing User Interfaces

In this study, we introduce new design method of the shape changing user interface that can be embedded as surface of user interfaces. Conventional kinetic components such like hydraulic pressure actuator and they need large areas to be embedded. This property is an obstacle for shape changing user interfaces to be embedded in everyday lives. Therefore, we develop and evaluate the new actuation methods that has shorter thickness to conquer the weak point of the conventional kinetic components. We introduce the method to de sign the shape changing interface from 2D flat material. Our propose actuator consists of electric coils to generate magnetic field. By utilizing these structures, we implemented to secure the movable stroke in short thickness structures. This method is applicable to display tactile feedback and to move object on its surface. We conducted the user study on tactile impression, and actuation in order to evaluate our design methods.
Kazuki Takazawa, Satoshi Hashizume, Yoichi Ochiai
University of Tsukuba